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MORRIS, MARTIN LEON, M.D. Marty passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 11, 2012, at the age of 82. He was born October 27, 1929 and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, graduating from Von Steuben High School. He received a B.S. in Liberal Sciences from the University of Illinois and continued his education there with a medical degree in 1955 and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Northwestern/ Cook County Hospital program. While completing his residency, he was drafted by the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War to serve his country as a physician at March AFB. In 1963, he permanently moved to California and established a thriving Orthopedic Surgery practice in the San Fernando Valley. The following year, on a blind date set up by close friends, Marty met his future wife, Carolyn Myers. After moving to California, Marty got hooked on saltwater fishing and became an avid fisherman from the family's boat "Ken-Dan" for 35 years. Among his accomplishments were catching two swordfish in four days in 1979, earning the nickname "Dr. Sword." While fishing with his family and friends, Marty participated in and won many tournaments. In 1997, after retiring from his Orthopedic practice, Marty and Carolyn moved to San Diego. In order to keep his mind sharp, he continued to provide orthopedic care, both to the underserved at son Kenneth's community health center and to veterans at the VA hospital. At the time of his passing, Marty was the oldest active medical staff member of the VA. With his surgically gifted hands, Marty also was reinvigorated by creating masterful stained glass panels that he donated to people and organizations all across the country. Most recently, he was an avid supporter of and volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its Tuna Challenge. Marty also enjoyed storytelling and writing anecdotes; his commentaries could often be seen in the Union-Tribune and fishing publications. Just days prior to his passing, he enjoyed one last fishing trip with his long-time friend Harry. Survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn, he was a proud father of sons Kenneth of San Diego, Daniel of Chicago, IL, and daughter Melody of San Diego; older brother to Alan (also an Orthopedic Surgeon), St. Louis, MO; grandfather to Noah, Jenna and Amelia. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the San Diego Marlin Club, 2445 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego on Sunday, July 22nd at 9:00 a.m. with a private burial at sea in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation - San Diego, 2440 Hotel Circle North, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92018.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on July 15, 2012
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